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Rose Cottage Cave: The Later Stone Age Levels with European and Iron Age Artefacts

Lyn Wadley
The South African Archaeological Bulletin
Vol. 47, No. 155 (Jun., 1992), pp. 8-12
DOI: 10.2307/3888986
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3888986
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Abstract

Nineteenth century missionaries and European travellers in the Ladybrand area wrote that local Bushman bands were under considerable stress in the 1830s. The contact period levels in Rose Cottage Cave should, therefore, provide evidence for social upheaval, yet the evidence is not compelling. The rocks used for knapping and the woody taxa used for firewood show an increase in local collecting, which does suggest decreased mobility after contact, but the post-Classic Wilton stone tool kits are only slightly affected. The stone assemblages are formal and are not morphologically different from those in earlier, post-Classic Wilton levels. Furthermore the tool classes remain unchanged.

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